I’ve been reflecting recently about what it takes to run a successful business; maybe it’s with the start of a new year and lots of opportunities but who knows!
Have you ever noticed that while you are looking or thinking about something it pops up in front of you?
A couple of weeks ago Martin Lewis from Moneysupermarket.com was on BBC’s The One Show. Martin was doing some filming giving a synopsis of how he ‘made it’ and his view on business.
Martin did his economics degree at the London School of Economics and in the short film he went back to LSE and gave a talk to some students about what he has learned. He said that you need 4 things to be successful in business:
Some people will do all of the above and fail others will do all of the above and succeed. The only difference is LUCK!!
From my point of view: No. 1 - I think/hope I have, no.2 - yep I can do that, no. 3 - I’m getting better at but no.4???
LUCK? What is Luck?
I’m intrigued if you can do the first 3 to the best of your ability and still fail because you didn’t get any luck? What is the mystical thing called ‘luck’ and how do we get some.
Last time I looked you couldn’t buy it in John Lewis!!!
It’s because there are a lot of things in life that are out of your control.
Imagine that you’ve always wanted to run your own coffee shop (I know a few people who have this as a dream!). You’ve got lots of past retail customer experience, you’ve found your ideal place, you’ve been on all the training, you open your dream shop and work all the hours you can and you love it, but it fails!
Why does it fail? There could be lots of reasons.
It could be that we have an economic downturn and people stop buying expensive coffees or a big multi-national coffee chain opens across the road.
Whatever the reason…
Things happen, things you can’t control – unfortunately that’s life and sometimes there’s not a lot we can do about it.
The thing is, don’t beat yourself up, it’s not that other people are better than you, it’s just that they might have been luckier than you.
Be kind to yourself
And remember that most entrepreneurs including Martin Lewis, tried lots of different things before they found the one that worked.
They didn’t give up but they also knew when the time was right to move on to something else.
They used the first 3 points above i.e. strengthened their talent, focussed on where they could make the most difference and worked hard to make it happen.
Happy New Year and lets hope it’s a fantastic one!! Hope you’ve had a great time, eaten and drunk too much but most of all had a rest and a change of pace.
To be honest I wasn’t planning on writing this blog but I feel I’ve got too, as I’ve started to feel something the last few days and I’ve got to tell you.
Aren’t you lucky!!!
I’m bored, really bored…..
Bored of reading about resolutions, goals, plans, quotes, inspirations, perfect lives... etc. etc.
And does it help? No, well not for me anyway.
It just makes me feel meh, inadequate and maybe even a bit of a failure.
It’s not that we haven’t heard any of it before, heard it all this time last year and you can bet you’ll be hearing about it all this time next year.
It’s my own fault for spending far too much time on social media and I realise that my own posts are adding to the issue.
Yes, this is me talking! If reading about goals is boring to me ‘the goal queen’ what does it do to everybody else?
So what if you haven’t done any goals, plans or resolutions. Does it really matter?
I have always thought that January is a bad time to start anything. If it works for you, that’s fine but if you feel more up for it at other times of the year, well that’s fine as well.
Whatever works for you?
My suggestion is, lets get all this social media rubbish about everybody’s perfect life into proportion and spend your time concentrating on what works for you and your business.
What I am though, is feeling up for it, ready to go and in the starting blocks!
Are you up for it? Is your business going to be the best it can be in 2017?
Do you know anybody who could do with some help in their business?
As well as small businesses, I’m also on the look out to help larger businesses that really want to expand and grow but haven’t got the time to make it happen. I want to get involved, help them get ‘to where they want to be’, spend more time with them, feel part of their business. Work together.
If you feel I’ve been ranting, I’m sorry but it’s always good to be open and honest. So lets stop all this trying to be helpful nonsense and lets just get on with it.
In the words of Nike: ‘Just do it’!!!
All blogs are written by Karen @ Project Complete.